I was truly excited to book with Helidubai for a helicopter ride over Dubai! The adventure sounded amazing! However, it was not the case:
1. They make you arrive one hour before your time to fly and tell you if you do not make it in time, they will cancel your reservation.
2. Once you arrive an hour early, they make you wait 20 minutes - they weigh each person in your party in front of everyone even though on the reservations you had already provided the information. They use the weight to decide where you sit on the helicopter. Yes, they decide where each person sits.
3. We did the 22 minutes booking ....the advertisement states you will fly over the palm-false - per the pilot, federal aviation rules , they are not allowed to go over the palm and must fly a certain distance away- we never saw the full view of the palm from the top...only the side view.....as far as seeing the "world" we only see two supposed continents ...it was hazy so we did not see the full burj khalifa from the helicopter ...I felt I saw better angels of it from the ground...
I've done helicopter and seaplane tours before...normally they show one side of the plane the sites and on the return back they show the same sites to the other side of the plane so both are able to see everything. This was not the case. We missed a lot of views. Plus, if you are stuck being a person in the middle of the back seat of the plane because you weigh less then the others ...you will not enjoy the ride as you will have to look over the person who is sitting next to the window who maybe taking pictures .
Also, they don't let you take pictures outside around the helicopter ...they tell you will have time after the flight...however, once you are off the plane...they rush you to a spot and have their photographer take pictures ..they don't let you take it on your own camera...then they try to make you buy the pictures which they do not sell for cheap...one for $25 or a usb for $50 ...the pictures did not even look professional as the photographer just snapped pictures of us getting off the plane and majority had our backs faced to the camera.
Overall, we felt like we got ripped off paying about $250 a person for 5 people